Issue no 18 26 November 2007

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Mobile cinema revival reaches the parts where cinemas don’t exist

Mobile cinema was always popular in colonial times and below the radar it appears to be undergoing something of a revival. It draws significant audiences and in some countries advertising revenues. In a continent where piracy and the lack of cinemas outside of urban areas has confined movie watching to television and DVDs, the success of this method of screenings offers clues as to how both rural and peri-urban audiences might develop in Africa. Russell Southwood takes a look. In West Africa, Cinema Numerique Ambulant (Mobile Digital Cinema) was first launched in 2001 in Benin but now does screenings in…

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Africa: GTV to Telecast English FA Cup

GTV, the pan-African satellite-based pay television service, has clinched its position as Africa's new home of football with exclusive broadcast rights to the entire FA Cup effective next season (2008/09).…


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Ghana: Historic TV Production for Ghana 2008

Over four billion football fans across the globe are expected to watch the Ghana 2008 African Cup of Nations live on television. To ensure that the facility works to perfection,…


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Nigeria: House Bans Big Brother Africa Programme

House of Representatives last week ordered the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to discontinue the airing of any clip or debate on Big Brother Africa (BBA). The programme, a reality TV…


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South Africa: Digital Advertising in the Townships

One Digital Media last week launched a digital advertising system called Loxion Network, aimed at directly linking brands with their consumers in the townships. The system downloads content via satellite,…


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South Africa: Kaya FM, a Nice Addition to Primedia Collection

Amid the headache of trying to delist Primedia from the JSE, there is one last irritation the company cannot seem to get rid of -- African Media Entertainment's (AME's) obsession…


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Namibia: NBC Gets Japanese programming money

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation, NHK International, have signed an agreement aimed at improving the programmes broadcast on NBC television. Of the 528 programmes funded…


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South Africa: Unleashing the Power of Student Radio Stations

Student Radio Network, a newly launched initiative aimed at unleashing the power of the student radio market, intends to bring in methods that will bridge the existing gap in getting…


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South Africa: Huge Pay-TV Potential - Telkom Media

Pay-TV applicant Telkom Media says that its own market research shows a high level of willingness to pay for subscription television services amongst South African consumers. Telkom Media's initial concept…


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Broadcast Briefs:

- Six months after receiving its commercial broadcast license, Capricorn FM began broadcasting from its state-of-the-art studios in Bendor, Polokwane. The station will broadcast 70% in English and 30% vernacular,…


Distribution

Namibia: NBC Renews Contract With French Broadcaster

Namibia’s national broadcaster NBC this week signed two cooperation agreements with Radio France International. A renewed 5-year contract between the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio France International was signed on…


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Kenya: KenTV, Sky to Air Local News in Europe

More than 300,000 Kenyans living in Europe can now access home news on television following the launch of a partnership between pioneer Internet television firm KenTV and satellite broadcaster Sky.…


Distribution

Distribution briefs:

Jean Christophe Ramos, CEO of pay TV Canal + Horizons is currently in Gabon to discuss with the National Council of Communication. Content broadcasted by Canal + Horizons in Gabon…


Investment

Namibia: Telkom Media Buys Into One Africa

One Africa Television, Namibia's largest private commercial broadcaster, has announced a major investment in the company by newly licensed South African broadcaster Telkom Media. Telkom Media has acquired a 49…


Investment

South Africa: Profitable picture at etv

Free-to-air television station etv has posted another large jump in profits, according to figures released by parent company Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) on Thursday. Interim results to end September for…


Investment

Investments briefs:

- The Senegalese national newspaper "le Soleil" is on the verge of bankruptcy but it has received this week, the support of members of the Parliament. They said that everything…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: Government Silences Three Radio Stations in Two Days

Somalia’s Ethiopian-backed government has forced three prominent private radio stations off the air since Monday over their coverage of the bloody conflict centered in Mogadishu, according to news reports and…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: ECK Warns TV And Radio Stations

The Electoral Commission (ECK) is monitoring how the media cover political campaigns. David Kiiru, an ECK official, said an ECK and donors' survey had shown that most TV stations were…


Regulation & Policy

Regulatory & Policy In Brief:

- In Niger, the International Federation of Journalists has asked the President Mamadou Tandja to free two journalists accused of acting against the law because of their coverage of the…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: More Magazines Go Mobile

Not only did Touchline Media go mobile this week with mini Kick Off, Men's Health, Sports Illustrated and Shape magazines for cellphones, so too did Ramsay, Son & Parker launch…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Commission Backs Nokia's Mobile TV Standard

The European Commission (EC) announced last week its backing of Nokia's DVB-H mobile broadcast TV standard. Independent market analyst Datamonitor considers that the development will notably aide in the mass-adoption…